The 2012 Nissan GT-R. YOU’LL HAVE NOTICED THE FRONT LEDs. These days they’re pretty much obligatory facelift-signihers. ls Nissan being lazy, just doing the obvious for the 2012 GT-R ? Oh, no. Check out the stuff you barely notice improvements in a car that hardly needed it. Beyond the LEDs, the new visual details have a purpose. The grille’s slightly bigger, the front air dam’s been reshaped and there’s a different rear diffuser. If you drive a CT-R at speeds GT—R development drivers drive it at, these things will help engine and brake cooling and downforce and drag. The induction and exhaust have been fettled, liberating an impressive gain to 53O bhp, from 485. 0-60 drops from 3.3 seconds to 2.9 seconds. This is one fast ride. Actually, one of the fastest production cars ever made. It’s all at the top end: miderange torque stays the same. This altered the way I drove the car. My memories of the GT-R’s engine were all about its miderange wallop. Now that wallop actually seems slightly more ordinary. Not because it’s diminished, but because it pales in comparison with the crazed new top end. Aim for the red line, and the car lunges forward with a new~found dose of mad, hysterical warp-drive force. Holding down the throttle and staying away from the upshift paddle is now something you do only after asking yourself a very sober question. The GT~R team has also been at the chassis. It has a new carbonlibre brace across the engine bay, new dampers (still with a degree of electronically programmed adjustment), new tyres and slightly different suspension geometry. The aim is to ?nd more feel from the front end through the steering. Unfortunately, just as 1 can’t tell you what difference the aero changes make, I can’t tell you about the steering either. ldrove the car on a day of lashing rain, when every road was either deep underwater or in danger of being deep underwater just round the corner. Going as fast as was prudent was faster than likely in any other car, but I didn’t probe the car’s limits when turning into corners, so l didn’t experience what it feels like to load up the front tyres. When you see the exit of a wet corner and press the loud pedal, does it wag its tail while waiting for the ESP to cut in? Oh yes, but then the clever 4WD does its juggling, and you’re catapulted away. The interior has been tidied usefully, but it’s still got the same mad-professor air. The centre-dash screen is like some race engineer’s laptop. The price has gone up 4k (blame currency), but you get the free option of softer seats. So what? At gentle speeds, the car still feels nuggety and reined-in against its wishes, the ride is still percussive and the twin- clutch gearshifts still bang home hard. It’ll take more than comfy seats to make this a comfy car. Gentle’ isn’t its purpose. V6, 4WD ,53O hp. Source -Top Gear
Nissan Officially announced the 2012 GT-T can reach 0-60 in 2.9 seconds!